“Deliver Us From Evil” by Allison
Sheriff Skye McPherson has a massacre
on her hands. Someone has slain twelve priests residing in a
California mission. She’s determined to find the culprit and
bring him, or her, to justice.
Demonologist Anthony Zaccardi knows the
force behind the murders is a demon. He flies from Rome to
the mission, where a friend of his, the only survivor of the
attacks, resides. He’s determined to help Skye find the
supernatural forces behind the slayings, even if she doesn’t
believe they exist.
“Deliver Us From Evil” is a taut,
suspenseful story that made me shiver. Both Skye and Anthony
are willful characters, both firmly rooted in their believes
about fact versus the supernatural. Watching them connect
was a true pleasure, and seeing their feelings for each
other develop balanced well with the criminal aspect of the
tale. This story is a great start to this anthology.
“Reason to Believe” by Roxanne St.
Someone is threatening TV psychic
Arianna Killian, so she does what any sensible woman would
do. She hires a bodyguard.
Chase Ryker is not just any bodyguard;
he’s employed by the Bullet Catchers, an elite group of
minders who are very good at their jobs.
Chase doesn’t believe in Arianna’s
abilities. And Arianna is not sure he can protect her, when
he thinks she’s a fake. But when someone takes a shot at
her, and she has a few visions, Chase begins to think she
may be telling the truth about her abilities. Now, he just
has to figure out who is trying to kill her.
“Reason to Believe” is an action-packed
romantic tale that was a wonderful introduction to the
Bullet Catcher series. This was my first story in that
world, and I devoured each word, enjoying both the
characters and the setting. If Chase is any indication of
the heroes in Ms. St. Claire’s books, I’m going to have to
run to the bookstore ASAP. “Reason to Believe” is a definite
keeper in my book.
“Redemption” by Karin Tabke
When cop Zach Garrett dies he finds
himself on the way to hell, since he hasn’t lived the best
of lives. He’s surprised then, when an unseen hand pulls him
back, and he finds himself standing before Michael, who
informs Zach he’s part of an ancient race of people, and his
services are required to locate three ancient relics, and
then protect the Starkeeper.
Zach’s former girlfriend, Danica
Keller, doesn’t trust Zach very much; after all, he hung her
out to dry to save his own skin. But when he miraculously
awakens from what should have been a fatal car crash she’s
stunned. She’s even more stunned to hear him spout a tale
about relics and a Starkeeper, especially when he tells her
she’s a huge part of the situation.
“Redemption” is a fantastic view of a
universe that fascinated me. I love urban fantasy stories,
and the one woven in this novella keep me glued to the
pages. I would love to see more chronicles set in this
universe. Zach and Danica fit perfectly together, and their
fight back to each other’s arms was heart wrenching and
What You Can’t See did exactly what I want an
anthology to do: it introduced me to three authors I hadn’t
read before, and made me want to search out more of their
work and see what I’d been missing. Definitely a job well
done. This series of short stories will keep you up late at